By Ellie Roberto, Entertainment Editor
Whether you’re a first-year college student or a soon-to-be graduate, taking care of yourself should be a big priority. Self-care is, unfortunately, one of the most neglected parts of college students’ lives. Taking time to develop healthy daily or weekly habits will increase your overall happiness and well-being to decrease stress and anxiety. Here are five healthy college habits to adopt.
Yes. Most people know that exercise is amazing for your body, but did you know that exercise is also good for your mind? According to the American Psychological Association, exercise is a mood enhancer. If you live on a beautiful campus, consider going for a 20-minute walk every day or have a day and time set aside to visit the gym. You won’t be disappointed about how you feel, and you’ll be surprised how staying active can positively impact multiple aspects of your life.
2. Create Relaxing Spaces
It can be hard to get work done when you don’t feel comfortable in your own space. It’s beneficial to spend time making or finding a place that’s pleasant to be in. Plants (real or fake) are a calming addition and a simple remedy for a drab room. Tip: keep the window shades open for a light atmosphere.
3. Stay Organized
Buy a planner to keep your assignments straight and write down reminders. Make it a habit to make notes of the upcoming week’s projects on every Sunday or Monday. Also, keep your spaces clean to maintain a positive mood and an uncluttered mind.
4. Eat Smart
Making healthy diet choices can be difficult and discouraging when you’re busy all day. When it comes to eating, make sure you are surrounded by healthy options. It can be easy to want to splurge on sugary and carb-loaded snacks when you are stressed. However, by putting nuts or fruit next to your desk or study area, you’ll be doing yourself a favor to make the right choice. You are more likely to eat what you see first. When it comes to the dining hall, try to put something green on your plate every meal. Balance is important.
5. Drink Water
Staying hydrated is important, but also the types of drinks we put in our bodies are important. Water helps the body function properly and helps you get through your day with energy. If energy is lacking, students chug caffeinated drinks. If you are in need of caffeine, stick to coffee or tea. Lay off the energy drinks and sugar. These cause your body to spike and then ultimately crash hard, which increase hunger and cause weight gain. Stick to the natural stuff. Also, be a sustainable student and buy a reusable coffee mug and water bottle.